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Application Process

The Creative Academy admits applicants based on their academic record, artistic inclination and general aptitude. The Creative Academy is guided by and adheres to the guidelines presented by the South African Department of Education and the recommendations on the National Senior Certificate regarding Higher Education and Matriculation exemption.

Since applicants have to be selected to enroll at the Creative Academy it is advisable to apply as soon as possible. Applications must preferably reach the Creative Academy before the end of November.

When you submit your application, a non-refundable application fee of R1000 must be paid. This fee will be deducted from the registration fee for students who have been accepted and register for the selected programme.

Applicants who are eligible for a bursary must apply for enrolment before the end of October in order to be considered. The bursary application form link will be emailed to eligible applicants.

Applicants who have received an acceptance letter may proceed with the registration process.

How to apply

STEP 1: Determine APS based on latest academic results

In order to apply at the Creative Academy, a candidate needs a National Senior Certificate (NSC) or an Independent Examination Board (IEB) certificate with an APS of at least 22. Applications must include the applicant’s most recent Grade 12 academic report in order to calculate an APS according to the following values.

Applicants whose qualifications were issued by an international institution must submit their qualifications to SAQA for evaluation. International applicants must submit their school-leaving certificates – translated to English – to SAQA for evaluation (www.saqa.org.za).

Applicants over 23 years of age, without Matric exemption, will also be considered, based on mature or current competence (see RPL).

Code NSC Scale of Achievement Rating % APS
7 Outstanding 80 – 100% 7
6 Meritorious 70 – 79% 6
5 Substantial 60 – 69% 5
4 Adequate 50 – 59% 4
3 Moderate 40 – 49% 3
2 Elementary 30 – 39% 2
1 Not Achieved 0 – 29% 1

* All subjects carry equal weight. The 6 final highest achieved subject marks will be taken into account to compute the APS. (Life Orientation is excluded in accordance with general practice.)

FOR ADDITIONAL / INTERNATIONAL APS CRITERIA VIEW THIS TABLE

STEP 2: Compile a portfolio of works

Applicants must compile a portfolio of at least five of their own artworks, which may include artworks such as drawings, paintings, sculptures, photographs, animations and design projects. These artworks must be presented as either good quality photographs or scans, not exceeding 5MB each, and uploaded to the Application form (see link below).

STEP 3: Pay the application fee and submit the application form

When you submit your application, a non-refundable application fee of R1000 must be paid. This fee will be deducted from the registration fee for students who have been accepted and register for the selected programme.

BANKING DETAILS

Account holder: Cape Town Creative Academy (Pty) Ltd
Bank: Investec Bank Limited
Branch: Grayston Drive, Sandton
Branch no: 580105
Account no: 10011 614 972
Account type: Current account
Reference: Please use the Applicant’s Name & Surname

Swift Code for international transactions: IVESZAJJXXX

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) & Credit ACCUMULATION Transfer (CAT)

The Creative Academy adheres to the principles of RPL as set forth by SAQA in the “National Policy for the Implementation of Recognition of Prior Learning” (March 2013) and the “Policy for Credit Accumulation and Transfer within the National Qualifications Framework” (December 2014).

In order to determine a candidate’s accumulated credit transfer the Academic Committee may arrange an interview with the candidate (in person or via Skype) to assess the relevance and standard of prior learning or vocational experience. In compliance with national policy, the Creative Academy awards a maximum of 180 credits (of the 360 necessary to complete a BA qualification) to candidates who successfully provide evidence of an appropriate level of competency and/or experience.

Due to the specialised nature of programmes offered by the Creative Academy, candidates might however be expected to complete specific foundation year courses, despite their completion of a first year course at another institution. In this event, candidates receive financial discount on the tuition costs of their foundation year courses.

RPL is awarded:

  • On the basis of completion, or partial completion of learning programmes in a similar vocational field, on an appropriate NQF level, or
  • professional experience within a relevant vocational field, in the case of applicants that are 23 years of age or older.

The Creative Academy provides credit accumulation and transfer (CAT) to students who wish to transfer from other institutions that offer similar programmes.

In order to apply for RPL/CAT candidates must submit:

  • Application form (select relevant form).
  • Certified copy of ID document.
  • Complete academic transcript of all programmes, courses and modules completed.
  • Portfolio of recent work (produced in fulfilment of the requirements of a programme, course or module, or within a professional capacity).
  • Letter stating a candidate’s motivation for transferring to the Creative Academy.

Registration Process (South African Citizens)

Once new students have received the email confirming that you have been accepted, you may register for the upcoming academic year.

The Creative Academy offers various discounts on early payments, see Payments & Discounts. New students must preferably register by the end of November. All students must be registered by the end of January, as classes commence the first Monday of February. A penalty fee of R500 will be charged for registrations after 1 February.

*Current students don’t have to be selected again, they may proceed with re-registration. The re-registration form is available Under Student Tools > Re-Registration

The following documents must be uploaded as PDFs to the Registration form:

 

STEP 1: Contract

The Contract with the terms and conditions of registration must be submitted in order for a student to be registered.

STEP 2: Debit order form

The person responsible for the payment of your tuition must complete and sign the Debit Order form. Debit Orders are submitted to the bank on the 1st and the 15th of the month. Select the date that suits you best.

STEP 3: Registration fee

Please see Fee Structure for the tuition fee, registration fee, payment options and banking details. Pay the registration fee and use the student number as reference. Save the proof of payment on your computer.

STEP 4: Registration form

Upload the required documents in Step 1 to Step 3 to the form.


*Note: For current students, the re-registration form is available under Student Tools > Re-Registration

STEP 5: Proof of registration

On receipt of all the above, you will be registered and the Creative Academy will email your proof of registration.

STEP 6: Timetable & Dates

Your timetable and the Creative Academy academic calendar will be available in January.

Registration Process (Foreign Citizens)

Aptly known as the Mother City of South Africa, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Cape Town welcomes visitors from across the globe. The Creative Academy offers students from abroad the opportunity to be part of a progressive offering shaped by the complex needs of the contemporary information economy.

In order to be considered for admission, international applicants are required to submit a certified copy of the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) Certificate of Evaluation of the applicant’s international qualifications. This Certificate can be obtained from SAQA. They must be proficient in English and meet the Creative Academy’s selection requirements.

International students, including students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC), are required to have study permits to study in the Republic of South Africa. You will only be registered if you have a valid temporary resident permit (i.e. a study permit). It is important to start this process early. Please visit the South African Department of Home Affairs website for information about study visa requirements.

In addition to the registration fee, international students (excluding students from African countries), have to pay a levy at registration. 
The levy is charged as follows: Year 1 = R10 000;
Year 2 = R6 000 and Year 3 = R4 000.

STEP 1: Apply

Complete the steps in the Application Process at the top of this page.

STEP 2: Provisional Acceptance

Upon receiving a provisional acceptance notice you may proceed to Step 3 and start the registration process.

The following documents must be uploaded as PDFs to the Registration form:

 

STEP 3: Contract

The Contract with the terms and conditions of registration must be submitted in order for a student to be registered (signed by both student and sponsor).

STEP 4: Proof of Payment

Proof of payment of the registration fee and the international levy. Please see our Fee Structure for the tuition fee, registration fee, international levy, payment options and banking details.

STEP 5: SAQA Exemption

Certified copy of the SAQA exemption certificate.

STEP 6: Academic Transcripts

Certified copies of your school leaving certificates and academic transcripts, translated into English.

STEP 7: Passport

Certified copy of your passport.

STEP 8: Study permit

Valid study permit.

STEP 9: Guardian’s Passport

Certified copy of the identity document of parent or legal guardian.

STEP 10: Medical Aid

Membership certificate as proof of a valid and comprehensive medical aid cover for the duration of the academic year.

STEP 11: Registration Form

Upload the above-required documents to the form.


*Note: For current students the re-registration form is available under Student Tools > Re-Registration

Bursaries

The Creative Academy awards bursaries to applicants and enrolled students based on merit and academic achievement.

The following bursaries are available to South African citizens:

First Year Merit Bursaries

In order to promote the recruitment of candidates with a high academic standard, the Creative Academy awards bursaries to applicants with exceptional talent and outstanding academic performance. Selected candidates with an APS above 39 or with exceptional artistic talent will be invited to apply for the bursary.

Applicants must apply for enrolment before the end of October prior to the year of study in order to be eligible for a First Year Merit Bursary.

First Year Transformation Bursaries

In order to promote diversity and achieve social equity, the Creative Academy awards bursaries to students from historically disadvantaged backgrounds who successfully completed the selection process, but do not have the financial means to enroll for study at the Creative Academy. Selected candidates with a minimum APS of 22 may be invited to apply.

Applicants must apply for enrolment before the end of October prior to the year of study in order to be eligible for a Transformation Bursary.

Grade 12 Performance Bursaries (1st Year Only)

Learners who obtained 4/5 distinctions in the final Grade 12 examinations will be awarded a bursary of R7 500, and learners with 6 and more distinctions a bursary of R10 000. Life Orientation is excluded. The allocated amount will be deducted from the student’s tuition fee account in October. Accounts that have been settled at that stage will be credited for the following academic year. Winners of any other Creative Academy bursary will not be eligible for a Grade 12 Performance Bursary. Final Grade 12 certificates must be submitted to the Creative Academy Administration before the end of January in order to qualify for the bursary.

Conditions applicable to all bursaries:

  • Bursaries are only awarded to South African citizens.
  • Only applicants who adhere to the selection requirements of the Creative Academy are eligible for bursaries.
  • Bursaries may not be exchanged for cash.
  • Bursaries are not transferable to another person.
  • No student may benefit from more than one type of bursary per year. This includes any bursary awarded by the Creative Academy as a prize for a competition.
  • Bursaries are only valid for studies at the Creative Academy.
  • Bursaries are only valid for the year awarded.
  • Bursaries may not be transferred to another year.
  • Bursaries are awarded at the sole discretion of the Creative Academy management.
  • First year bursaries are only available for two years after obtaining a Grade 12 certificate.
  • The bursary amount awarded and accepted must be repaid if a student fails or cancels his/her studies.

Should you have any questions regarding the bursaries, do not hesitate to contact us at info@ctca.co.za

Saving on your study fees

Apart from applying for bursaries, you can save a substantial amount on your study fees by the early payment of fees.

Student Loans

When applying for a student loan at any major South African Bank, please refer to our accreditation reference with the Department of Higher Education and Training: Department of Higher Education and Training: No 2014/HE07/009. The bank representatives are welcome to request a copy of the Certificate of Accreditation by contacting us at info@ctca.co.za

If you are interested in applying for a Student Loan through a facilitator who can assist with the bank application, please contact Elize Eglington at bankloans@ctca.co.za

Fee Structure

Fee Structure 2020 BA (Communication Design)
BA (Interaction Design)
BA (Motion Design)
BA (Contemporary Art)
Tuition Fee Per Year R101 700 R82 500
Payable at Registration

R18 800 [Registration Fee*]

& R2 900 [Software License]

= R21 700

R16 500 [Registration Fee*]

+ R2 600 [Art Levy] 

+ R2 900 [Software License]

= R22 000

Tuition Fee Balance R82 900 R66 000
See Payment Plans & Discounts Click Here Click Here

TOTAL FEES

CD/ID/MD:

Tuition fee: R101 700

+ Software license: R2900

= R104 600

 

CA:

Tuition fee: R82 500 

+ Art materials: R2600 

+ Software license: R2900 

= R88 000

BANKING DETAILS

Account holder: Cape Town Creative Academy (Pty) Ltd
Bank: Investec Bank Limited
Branch: Grayston Drive, Sandton
Branch no: 580105
Account no: 10011 614 972
Account type: Current account
Reference: Please use the Student’s Student Number

Swift Code for international transactions: IVESZAJJXXX

Additional Expenses

Students have to budget for additional expenses that are not included in the tuition fee.

Application Fee: New Enrolments

When you submit your application, a non-refundable application fee of R1000 must be paid. This fee will be deducted from the registration fee for students who have been accepted and register for the selected programme.

Registration & Tuition Fee Payment

The Creative Academy offers R2000 discount [full credit enrolments] or R1000 [part-credit enrolments] on the early payment of the registration fee as well as discounts on the full tuition fee, if paid in full before specific dates.

– The course fee is inclusive of the registration fee.
– A registration fee must be paid for each year of enrolment and is non-refundable.
– The registration fee must be paid before classes commence.
– The registration fee is payable by electronic transfer (EFT) or bank deposit and is deducted from the course fees.
– The balance is payable either in full or over the remainder of the academic year (February – November).

* Part-credit study: Students who do not enrol for the full 120 credits in one academic year. The registration fee for part-credit studies is R17 750. Part-credit fees are determined by the number of credits a student enrols for. Discounts apply to enrolment for at least 60 credits. Students attend the same classes as full-credit students and the content of the courses is exactly the same.

INTERNATIONAL LEVY

In addition to the non-refundable annual registration fee, non-South African students (excluding citizens of SADC and other African countries) must pay an international levy at registration.

This levy will be charged as follows: R10 000 (1st year); R6 000 (2nd year) and R4 000 (3rd year).

Please note: If costs are incurred when money is transferred from abroad, these costs will be debited to the student’s account (between R250 and R850 per transaction).

Payment Plans & Discounts

10-MONTH INSTALMENT OPTION

The tuition fee balance (after registration fees are paid) is payable over 10 monthly instalments (from February to November).

– Instalments are interest-free, however, fees that are in arrears will bear interest.
– Instalments are payable by debit order. Debit orders are submitted to the bank either on the 1st or the 15th of a month.

Should you have any questions regarding the tuition fees, do not hesitate to contact us.

FULL SETTLEMENT OPTION

The Creative Academy offers discounts on the tuition fee, if paid in full before specific dates.

For Communication Design / Interaction Design / Motion Design:
For Contemporary Art: